Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Creating is Synonymous to Escapism #IWSG

IWSG: a place where writers and friends share woes or hugs.
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Besides writing, what other creative outlets do you have?

I've always loved drawing. It was the first thing I learned before writing. My mother is an artist and she'd draw me pictures of horses and I'd spend my time tracing over them with my pencil until I was able to go at it on my own.

After years of drawing with pencil, I tried drawing portraits using graphites. I've used colored pencils, soft and hard pastels, oil pastels, charcoal, acrylic, watercolor, marker... To say the least, I feel that I've excelled with graphites. I feel unsure about my other art forms.

I've always stayed clear of digital art. I was scared of the learning curve. Then one day, I decided to enter a contest via and forced myself to learn how to do digital art. It was a learning curve that took me a week to pin down. Whew! I thought it would take me months! One thing, though, if you know how to draw with a pencil, going digital isn't so difficult--it's the learning the applications of the different "buttons" that's the toughest thing!

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using graphites
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using pencil

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my digital art using oil paints
I've experimented with photo editing and making mock book covers just to see if I could do it. Still a work in progress:

Then there's photography. And cooking. Baking. Cutting hair. Haha!

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my daughter
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Brigham City Utah Temple

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cut my son's hair when he was 15
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My daughter's Extreme A-line Hair cut when she was 10.
This was a HUGE challenge as it was my very first one.
I'd gotten the instructions from online.
Glad it came out way cute. Whew!

Then there's making friends! That's all I can think of for now on what I can do other than write.

Exciting news! The 2019 IWSG Anthology has a new cover!

Ebook available now for preorder! 😝

Find love at the ball…

Can a fake dating game show lead to love? Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince? Can a softball pitcher and a baseball catcher work together? Is there a vampire living in Paradise, Newfoundland? What’s more important—a virtual Traveler or a virtual date to the ball?

Ten authors explore young love in all its facets, from heartbreak to budding passion. Featuring the talents of L.G. Keltner, Jennifer Lane, C.D. Gallant-King, Elizabeth Mueller, Angela Brown, Myles Christensen, Deborah Solice, Carrie-Anne Brownian, Anstice Brown, and Chelsea Marie Ballard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will mystify and surprise even as they touch your heart. Don your mask and join the party…

My story's title is The Cog Prince. A little about it:
Falling in love, saving the day, and a masque--oh my! The clock strikes the thirteenth hour and Ivy is sucked into a masquerade ball of whirling dancers where the Cog Prince has summoned her.
Mysterious darkness seeks their destruction and she alone holds the key. Will Ivy save his kingdom in time?

Can't wait for its release! 

Though I have other creative avenues, the one that provides the best escapism is writing of course!

What is your form of escapism?

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

IWSG January 2019

Before I say anything
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HaPpY nEw YeAr!!!!!

Now onto the regular programming.
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Today’s question - What are your favorite and least favorite questions people ask you about your writing?

Well, shame on me because I can't think of anything right now. After 2 months of holidays and battling sickness from my family, my brain isn't cooperating. Also, I've set aside my writing-to-public relations for such a long time that I've fallen off the grid. I need to crank these old wheels again because I'm coming out of hiding!

Guess what? I'm one of the winners for the IWSG Anthology contest. Squeeeeeee! 

Here is the list--congratulations, guys!

Oddly Suited by LG Keltner
Sea of Sorrows by AV Brown
Behind the Catcher’s Mask by Jennifer Lane
A Diver’s Ball by Angela Brown
Fearless Heart by Deborah Solice
The Dark Charade by CD Gallant-King
The Cog Prince by Elizabeth Mueller
Flower of Ronda by Myles Christensen
Remedy by Chelsea Ballard
Charleston Masquerade by Carrie-Anne Brownian 

What methods do you recommend I use to making a comeback into the author world?

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

What do I Write About--for a Blog? #IWSG

IWSG: a place where writers and friends share woes or hugs.
Welcome to mine!

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photo by Kaitlyn Baker @

I lack the confidence in what I should write about in a blog. I know that we need to write about stuff readers find useful, but how do I write with that kind of authority?

I am so ordinary and feel as though I don't have much to offer.

I have a fabulous friend who discovered she has Asperger's at age 33 and has a very informative blog. There are writers who blog about great publishing tips and secrets. There are others like Wellness Mama!

I need to up my ante but feel at a loss.

What thoughts or ideas do you have on how I can improve?

Monday, November 19, 2018

Breaking into the Blogosphere

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Okay, so I thought that breaking back into the blogosphere with a weekly post would be a great idea. 


As it turns out, I feel overwhelmed and perhaps I will revert to just once a month with the best type of blogging ever known to writerly kind and that's


Posting for IWSG! It's a great support system for writers where we share our triumphs or heartaches or a place to be someone's shoulder...


How do you balance blogging and life?

Monday, November 12, 2018

Steampunk What . . . ?

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Steampunk is an entire world in itself! A writer has to be mindful at all times the setting, the vocabulary, the devices, the everything the characters do. I suppose it's no different than writing in the French Renaissance, right? Everything must match the premise. It is a bit of a learning curve to seek the world if you're not used to it.

I admit that I had to look up words and definitions. I compiled a list of things that belonged to this genre like clank, cog, wheel, hiss, whir, bolt, gear, artificer. I did a bit of world-building because this is fiction pure and simple. I don't mind world-building. For me, it's easier to invent people and laws and buildings. The clothes are distinctive but that requires research, too.

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So, I must say that I've written my first ever steampunk for an anthology call, thinking, why not? It sounds like fun, right? I whipped it out and submitted it. Guess what? Immortal Works accepted my work. Here it comes ...


It's one of those moments where you think you've lost it all, but then realize you still got it goin' on! Know what I mean? Ha!

I feel the timid author emerging from years of buried rubble. I've never given up on writing. I just keep on writing along though I've been kicked off the hobby horse a few times.

Tiny Steps, though.

What new things did you try for the first time? How did you deal with the learning curve?